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Christmas Dinner Table
The Turkey is in the oven, the table is laid, Aunt Gladys is snoring on the sofa and you're ready for an aperitif. But what are you pouring? Don't worry we've got your back. Our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Food and Wine Pairing has some great ideas on what to…
Christmas Presents under the Tree
It's that time of year again, the nights are drawing in, the trees are losing their leaves and the anxiety start to builds about what to buy your friends and family this Christmas. Never fear we're here to help with our fool proof Christmas gift guide. We've got ideas for…
Robert Parker
We totally get why you’d want to pack in your 9-5 and devote your career to wine – and this man did exactly that. Sometimes styled “the most influential wine critic in the world”, it is said that Robert Parker’s views are so highly regarded, they even have the power…
Barrels in a cellar in Bordeaux
When you think of the most highly regarded wines in the world, which country springs immediately to mind? It’s got to be France. We’ve spent some glorious summers touring the French wine regions, soaking up the centuries of winemaking pedigree, and relishing the tastings as well. The grape varieties and…
A Bunch of Red Grapes
Tannins: you’ve probably heard of them, especially if you enjoy a glass of red wine, but you may not know about their vital role in the art of winemaking. In their early stages they’re very bitter, and eventually they may well end up as sediment in the bottom of your…
Vineyards in Tuscany
Big on flavour and big on price – Super Tuscan wines had a seismic impact on Italian winemaking when they were first produced, and their popularity is as strong as ever. What made them so ground-breaking - and so popular that a whole new designation was created to accommodate them?…
2 Bottle Ribera del Duero Wine Set
Nestled amongst the hills and castles of the Duero valley are the vineyards of Ribera del Duero. Winemaking is a long-held tradition in this part of Spain dating back 2000 years to the time of the Romans. Despite this heritage, the wines from Ribera del Duero are often overlooked compared…
A Pinot Gris Vineyard in Alsace
What is Pinot Grigio? Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the Pinot Gris grape. Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris is used to make white wine in many countries around the world. When a wine is labelled as Pinot Grigio it will usually be made in the Italian style developed in Northern Italy. Here the grapes are harvested early before too much sugar is allowed to develop in the grapes.…
Poster for a Music Hall Show about Champagne Charlie
Champagne Charlie is a phrase so familiar that you wouldn't stop to give it a second thought, however the origins of the phrase are fascinating and involve a story of frivolity, excess, war and espionage. Who was Champagne Charlie? Charles Camille Heidsieck was born in France in 1822. The son…
Ultra | Kaiken | Malbec | Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
The name Kaiken is taken from a type of Patagonian wild goose, famous for their migration over the mountains from Chile to Argentina. When Aurelio Montes made the same journey, it seemed appropriate to name his new winery after the geese, that he had emulated. The Ultra range is a…